Dowerin Field Days 2015
Supported by Festivals Australia through Australia Council for the Arts, WAM has partnered with Dowerin Events to program our fourth Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase at Dowerin Field Days, happening this Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 August.
The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days is an agricultural expo located in the Central Wheatbelt of WA, the most successful and largest event of its kind in the state, seeing the small Wheatbelt community swelling from a population of less than 700 to over 24,000 throughout the two days in August. Spread throughout the venue will be a number of stages hosting multiple free performances from 15 Wheatbelt acts, including live performances on local ABC radio with Geoff Cannon and co.
One of the shining lights of Australia’s bourgeoning Americana scene and a multiple WA Music Award winner, Ruby Boots’ debut album was released this year to critical acclaim, and we’re pleased to say she’ll be leading the line-up, including a performance at the Sundowner.
Covering a diverse range of genres, levels and ages (from 18-83!) of Wheatbelt talent, the line-up also features Beryl Dick/Billy Narrier, Brenden Nichols, Brian “Buzzer” Bitter, Bryce Hudson, Elizabeth Stringer, Gauge Harder, Hayden McGlinn, Jess Brown, John Read, Michael Dunstan, Mitchell Friend, Oli Pope, Pete Byfield, Polly Medlen and Tim Dawes.
Ahead of performances at Nashville’s Americana Music Festival and Perth’s HUSH, Ruby Boots will also be assisting in the further development of local songwriters, acting as a performance mentor for those artists involved in the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase. Most of the acts haven’t played on the Wheatbelt Touring Circuits either, thus amplifying the talent available for future programs and events.
WAM Regional Officer Nigel Bird commented, “We’re excited to have discovered a whole new batch of talent coming through the Wheatbelt for Dowerin Field Days, further bolstering the talent pool for future touring circuits. We’re also privileged to help further nurture the next generation of incredible talent coming from this fertile region with the workshops lead by the enigmatic and talented Bex aka Boots!”